Need Your Input on an SVS Illustrator Digital Summit



  • My vote is Plan A, since at that point, I may still be working remote full time and homeschooling my kids, so it'd be easier for my schedule to carve out a few hours a day for the live hangouts. For those same reasons, Plan C wouldn't work, because if there's any emergency at home or with work, I could end upt missing the whole day.

    This is an awesome plan, and will be much appreciated!



  • I love this idea! I would love any of these illustrators:

    Oliver Jeffers
    Dan Santat
    Pascal Campion
    Brittney Lee

    I think I prefer option A so that I'd have a higher chance of getting to see all of them.



  • This is a super cool idea!

    I like Plan A, because I can plan my day around a few hours. If it's an 8 or 24 hour marathon, I would struggle to choose between watching the summit and doing my normal daily life stuff.

    Right now, I'm obsessed with:

    Tony DiTerlizzi
    Cory Godbey
    Zoe Persico



  • I like the idea of spreading the summit over several days. It'd be something to look forward to over several days, good for those of us who are anxious and depressed during all of this uncertainty.


  • Pro SVS OG

    Awesome, I like plan C as I will most likely have to listen to the recorded and therefor it will be available sooner! Thanks for thinking of us stay safe!


  • SVS Team SVS OG

    I think C would work best. More then likely not be able to catch all that people want. But if they are recorded to watch after, that would be best.


  • SVS OG

    @Chip-Valecek won’t all options record the episodes?


  • SVS Team SVS OG

    @Nyrryl-Cadiz yes but I think if it was scheduled on one day it would be easier to pop on and off through out the day. If it was a set time everyday with how my schedule has not changed with the kids home, it would be harder to get on and watch sometimes.



  • I personally like plan B, I feel like 24 non-stop is just going to be heavily overwhelming for those who like to power watch.

    A list of possible artist I'd like to see and watch are:

    Laura Price https://www.instagram.com/lulusketches/ (she is always willing to talk about her experience)
    Steven Thompson https://www.instagram.com/sthompsonart/
    Tommy Parker, possibly related to Jake https://www.instagram.com/t_mmyparker/



  • I 2nd Dan Santat as suggested by @Nyrryl-Cadiz, and also add: Rebecca Elliott, Noah Jones, Oliver Jeffers, Michael Rex, and Peter Brown. There’s so many amazing illustrators, but those come to mind.

    I vote for Plan A. Maybe you should run a poll?



  • I vote for Plan C.



  • My vote is for Plan A.

    I think from a logistical standpoint, Plan C might really suck if everything doesn't go like clockwork. And I don't like the idea of staying up until 3am to catch someone 🙂 Plus, to my point below, if I'm staying up all night trying to get the most out of it, being someone that works remotely that still wrecks my following day.

    As someone that's working remotely from home, Plan A is the only feasible plan I could even plan on getting much out of and would be really manageable.



  • I vote for plan C. Would there be any way to provide an agenda, so we know when we would like to tune in? This would benefit those listening to the recording too. One illustrator that I would be interested in is Yaoyao Ma Van As.



  • Very exciting. I'm typically in this forum a lot but so stressed lately I've even been forgetting to come here or watch videos. This sounds so wonderful ❤
    I love all ideas put forward. Not sure if you could get any Canadian illustrators, I loooooove Barbara Reid (who isn't on social media too much) and Michael Marchenko ( who isn't on social media at all I think) so they'd be gold. I think Michael Marchenko in particular is my hero and the biggest reason why I fell in love with the idea of illustrating children's books.🙂



  • Plan A would work the best for my schedule, so that gets my vote! As a freelancer, it's easier to carve out a few hours out of a series of days, than lose one whole day to an explosion of creative information.

    The illustrators I'd be thrilled to have on echo a lot of other people's lists here, so let me just take a minute to say how AMAZING it would be to here from:

    Pascal Campion
    Cosimo Galluzzi



  • Love this idea!

    If you can finagle Bill Watterson, that would be so rad 😎



  • Plan A sounds best -I like things laid out over some time. This is my list:

    Emilia Dziubak (children's books)
    Benji Daves (children's books)
    Pascal Campion
    Beatrice Blue
    Andi Korveshi -landscapes drool worthy
    Alex Vede -Storyboard artist and Illustrator

    Thanks,



  • I really like the idea. I am not sure if it is possible for me to wathc live since I have a toddler at home, and scheduling 2-4 hour away from her are almost impossible at this moment. But I will definitely watch the recording.

    I am thinking maybe there is a way to send in questions in advance somehow for those who can not make it live. I know it is challenging logistically. I am totally understand if this is not an option.

    In terms of the content, I am also interested in hearing from well known editors such as picturebook editors in Chronicle books and penguin random house, and agents such as Steven Malk talking about the business and culture around picturebooks.

    Looking forward to this 🙂


  • SVS OG

    I vote for any format with any artists any time. I would just like to think about something besides the world falling apart for a while. Thanks for whatever you can provide.



  • Will mentioned one if his prior agents once, I think in a podcast. I'm not ready for an agent yet personally, but I believe she lives near me in Arden Hills, MN. I wrote her name down, but don't have it handy. If she's still working, I would love to hear from her.


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